Almost everyone has felt the impact of emotional stress in the gut.Kids get tummy aches when they’re stressed.Adults get butterflies, nervous stomachs, constipated, diarrhea, heart burn and irritable/inflammatory bowel conditions from emotional stress.
What folks don’t know is that the chemicals that make us anxious and depressed are made in the intestines and delivered to every cell in the body as molecules of toxic emotions. These molecules store in our fat cells and compel us to engage in the same dysfunctional behavior again and again.
New studies show that 95% of the serotonin in the body is produced and stored in the gut – not in the brain. The intestines are the second brain – where the neurotransmitters that process emotional stress are made. As very little stress management actually happens in the brain, let’s redirect our focus and treat the cause of your emotional pain.
A Weak Digestion + Stress = An Emotional Roller Coaster Ride
Have you ever had someone emotionally dump on you? Have you ever emotionally dumped on someone else? Often they both feel the same – yucky! The interesting thing about being wrong or being right in a conflict is that neither feel that great. No one feels good being yelled at, and after yelling at someone you usually regret it. In both cases the same neurotransmitters are being made in your gut.
Under severe emotional stress neurotransmitters, like serotonin, are made in huge quantities to help us deal with the event. These serotonin transporters can’t keep up with the serotonin surge and cannot get out of the gut fast enough to manage that stress.
Researchers believe that the excess serotonin that gets trapped in the gut irritates the mucus membranes of the gut and are thought to be responsible for inflammatory bowel conditions like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).
The digestive system is governed by its very own nervous system called the Enteric Nervous System. It is the nervous system responsible for managing stress, the entire digestive process and all the related detoxification pathways. It is the first responder to much of what we experience as human beings. The more famous Central Nervous System takes it’s ques from the more powerful Enteric Nervous System, which is still not fully understood.
Are you full of Anger and Fear or Love and Compassion?
3000 years ago Ayurvedic texts reported that the nervous system originates in the gut and that stress and emotions are produced in the gut.Emotions are carried from the gut through mental channels to the heart and the brain. From here, we experience an emotional response such as heart-based love and compassion or mind-based fear and anger. Whether you react with anger and fear or love and compassion depends on many factors, such as childhood stressors, digestive health, nutrition, traumas and the tendencies we came into this life with.
Love and compassion are processed through heart channels and anger and fear are processed through mental channels. If emotional events are repetitive they will become patterns. The body will store repetitive emotional patterns as molecules of emotion in the body’s fat and muscle cells. When one is exposed to a familiar stress pattern these stored emotions trigger a response.
Are Your Emotional Reactions Out of Control?
Because these molecules of emotion are an important part of our safety and survival mechanism, they often become the way we interface with the world.It is common to constantly react to situations in an emotionally triggered way that we don’t seem to have any control over. We often find ourselves way down that familiar emotional road, such as having an outburst, after the damage has already been done.
In Ayurveda, the cause of all disease is when the mind and emotions over shadow the experience of the heart.
In others words, we begin to react to life through the filter of fear and anger rather than love and compassion.
The whole purpose of Ayurveda is to help balance the body and detoxify it so it is less dense in order to regain the clarity necessary to choose love and compassion rather than anger and fear. Simple right?
How to Release Old Emotional Patterns
To unravel these old destructive patterns of behavior is quite logical really. Just as easy as 1, 2, 3:.
- First: we must help heal the gut wall so it can respond to stress in a strong and healthy way and be a better transporter of the appropriate neurotransmitter’s message.
- Second: we must convince the body and mind that it is safe enough to release old toxic molecules of emotion from the fat cells.
- Third: now that the emotions are accessible and released from their storage sites, we need to take action to transform them.
Burn Off Emotions Trapped In Your Fat Cells
Now, all that remains to do is make sure that the body has restored its ability to metabolize fat really well. In the process of releasing the fat soluble molecules of emotions, toxic fat soluble chemicals will be released as well. Yup, in our fat cells are stored a variety of cancer causing chemicals such as pesticides, preservatives, heavy metals, plastics and other unfriendly environmental toxins. Remember, they were stored there because the body lost its ability to break them down and detoxify them through the normal and appropriate detox channels.
How Do You Detox Those Old Emotions?
So be careful when you detox. Make sure the detox you choose resets digestive and detox pathways or you may find that you only moved the fat soluble toxins from one fat cell to another.It is for this reason that I developed the Colorado Cleanse. It is a two week detox and digestive boot camp that also releases and transforms toxic molecules of emotions.We offer it twice a year in the spring and fall. This year you will get a copy of my new Colorado Cleanse book as well as daily emails and conference calls from me and access to our very popular online community where you feel motivated by the group to get the most out of it. So check it out…
Start Now! Try This Powerful Ayurvedic Self Inquiry Practice:
- Ask yourself:what would you change about your partner? Make a list.
(This doesn’t have to be a significant other – you can focus on a family member, friend or colleague).
- Pick one item off that list and the next time your partner does the thing that bugs you, say nothing!
- Let yourself cool down for 10-15 minutes before you say anything. While chilling, think of three things you love or appreciate about him or her.
- Now take action based on the truth….. Based on one of the things you love – express your love with words of affection or offer an act of kindness.
- Sit for a minute or two and evaluate how you feel after expressing love, kindness or affection.
Are you still irritated?
Do you feel any joy or happiness inside?
Do you feel loved even though your partner didn’t do anything?
If you answered yes to feeling better after this exercise, then you are on the road to enjoying better relationships. We often say to ourselves, “I would love them so much more if they would change that behavior.” In this exercise they didn’t change at all yet you were filled up. You felt better and more loved by them without them changing anything.
Why Wait to Be Happy and Accepting?
The truth is that we always have a choice. We can choose to wait till they change to someday be our wonderful happy loving self or we can choose to be that now, no matter what. Waiting for them to change is risky. What if they never change? You may live an entire life grumpy and irritated by because someone else doesn’t meet your standards.
The mind says, If I love him while he does ˜the wrong thing’ he will think I approve of that behavior and may never change. The reality is that even if he did it the “right way,” you would not be satisfied and find something else he would need to do before your mind says it is safe enough to love him fully.
We will only be content when we choose to be our True Self. It is our nature to be loving, caring and compassionate. Waiting for everyone to get their act together before you release your joyful self may be a lifetime of waiting.
Act now, give your Self fully to your partner and begin to live the rest of your life free from negative emotions.